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ENB - Region 2 Notices 3/15/2017

Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (NYC BSA), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 670 Broadway will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a Special Permit (§73-36) to operate a physical culture establishment (Equinox) within an existing building in the M1-5B zoning district. The project is located at 670 Broadway in the Borough of Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Tracie Behnke, NYC BSA, 250 Broadway, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 386-0086, E-mail: tbehnke@bsa.nyc.gov


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) - The New York City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Self-Storage Text Amendment may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. A public scoping session will be held on March 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York, 10007. Written comments will be accepted until April 30, 2017. The draft scope is available from the New York City Department of City Planning, Environmental Assessment and Review Division, 120 Broadway, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10271 and on line at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/applicants/scoping-documents.page.

The action involves a proposal for a citywide zoning text amendment to establish a Special Permit under the jurisdiction of the New York City Planning Commission (NYCPC) for all new self-storage development in the proposed "Designated Areas." The proposed Designated Areas, all located in Manufacturing (M) districts, would largely coincide with Industrial Business Zones and would be established as text maps. A Special Permit is a discretionary action by the NYCPC that may modify use regulations if certain conditions in the Zoning Resolution are met.

It is expected that the likely effects of the proposed text would be to affect the amount and location of future self-storage facilities. Specifically, the proposed text amendment may result in a slight decrease in the number of self-storage facilities that would be developed in the foreseeable future, decreasing the projected amount from 86 to 81 in the foreseeable future (defined for the purpose of analysis as a ten-year period or analysis year of 2027.) Based on past and current development trends, it is projected that in the future without the proposed text amendment, there would be a total of 86 self-storage facilities developed in NYC. Of these 86 facilities, 20 are projected to be located within the areas proposed to be Designated Areas and 66 would be developed in M and C8 districts outside of the Designated Areas, where these uses are currently permitted. In the future with the proposed text amendment, there are projected to be 81 self-storage facilities, with 11 facilities located within the areas proposed to be Designated Areas and 70 facilities proposed to be developed in M and C8 districts. In total, there could be five fewer self-storage facilities overall by 2027, with nine fewer in Designated Areas, and four more in M and C8 districts outside of the Designated Areas.

The project is located throughout the New York City, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, New York City Department of City Planning, 120 Broadway, 30th Floor, New York, NY 10271, Phone: (212) 720-3321, E-mail: rdobrus@planning.nyc.gov.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

New York County (Manhattan) - The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) New York City Transit (NYCT), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Emergency Ventilation Plant for the Lexington Avenue Subway Line between 33rd Street / Park Avenue South and Grand Central Terminal / 42nd Street Station. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on April 5, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the MTA Headquarters, 2 Broadway, 20th Floor Board Room, New York City. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted April 28, 2017. The Draft EIS is available from the Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010; the Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016; the Grand Central Branch Library, 135 East 46th Street, New York, NY 10017; the Kip's Bay Library, 446 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10016; the Manhattan Community Board 6, 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 308, New York, NY 10017; the Manhattan Community Board 5, 450 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2109, New York, NY 10123 and on line at: http://web.mta.info/mta/news/hearings/index.html#emerg-vent-plant.

The action involves the construction and operation of an emergency ventilation plant (EVP) to provide necessary mechanical ventilation in an emergency to the Lexington Avenue Subway Line tunnels between the 33rd Street/Park Avenue South and Grand Central Terminal/42nd Street stations in Manhattan, New York, which currently have no such protection for life safety. The action considers thirteen alternative sites which were initially identified in the Draft Scoping Document. The alternatives considered include EVPs proposed to be located: between East 36th to East 39th Streets on the side streets east and west of Park Avenue; and, on northbound (NB) Park Avenue. From among the 13 alternatives, two Candidate Alternatives, 11 and 12, were identified for further evaluation. After the Final Scoping Document and Alternatives Analysis/Feasibility Evaluation were issued, MTA / NYCT identified two options related to Alternatives 11 and 12 that it judged offered the potential to reduce EVP facility presence on Park Avenue by placing elements of the EVP on side streets; these options are referred to as Alternatives 11A and 12A.

Alternative 11 is located along Park Avenue NB between East 37th and East 39th Streets; and, Alternative 11A presents an "L" shaped configuration, with one "leg" between East 38th and East 39th Street on NB Park Avenue and the other "leg" on E 38th Street, east from Park Avenue. Alternative 12 is located along Park Avenue NB between East 36th and East 38th Streets; and, Alternative 12A presents an "L" shaped configuration, with one "leg" on Park Avenue NB between East 36th and E 37th Street and the other leg on E 37th Street, east from Park Avenue.

NYCT analysis indicates that Alternatives 11 and 12A engender more significant adverse engineering and environmental effects/impacts than Alternatives 11 and 12. As between Alternatives 11 and 12, Alternative 12 indicates a greater potential to minimize adverse impacts than Alternative 11. This difference results from consideration of an Oil-o-Static line and associated manhole utility located in NB Park Avenue. Specifically, Alternative 11 would require relocation of the Oil-o-Static line and associated manhole utility whereas, Alternative 12 would minimize potential effects to this utility. Thus, NYCT tentatively considers Alternative 12 to be the preferred EVP alternative, pending MTA/NYCT review and analysis of the public and agency comments on the Draft EIS.

The Proposed Action is needed to create tenable atmospheric conditions for subway riders to escape, and for emergency services to intervene, in the event of emergency conditions, such as a fire.

Contact: Emil F. Dul, MTA NYCT, 2 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004, Phone: (646) 252-2405, E-mail: Emil.Dul@NYCT.com.


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